David Ball has his own twisted approach to surrealism, an art genre that is known for its obscure forms and alienish landscapes. That David Ball’s art works are bizarre within his genre is testament to just how “out there” his work is. Ball’s surrealist paintings bridge the gap between traditional surrealism and pop surrealism while standing in a class of its own. Pop surrealism is a modern form of surrealism that uses popular media as subjects in the paintings, while traditional surrealism tends to combine or distort objects that exist in reality such as animals, clocks and furniture. Ball’s paintings have elements of both of these genres, but lacks the necessary criteria to belong firmly to either genre. Instead, his art style hovers on the fringe of surrealist art, marking the border between imagination and hallucination.
Ball works in a variety of media with color pencil featuring prominently in his trippy, surrealist designs. Color pencils bring a dimension of texture that can’t be achieved with paint. It is also a medium that allows artist David Ball to work a wealth of intricate detail into his art. Adding to the unusual nature of David Ball’s surrealism is his use of images cut out of magazines. These pictures help to twist the perspective in Ball’s art, especially since the artist uses the images in unusual ways. A picture of a banister can become a creature’s teeth and photographs of fruit can become another beast’s bulbous eyes. In David Ball’s art, repetitive patterns combine with magazine cut-outs and optical illusions to create a visionary landscape that truly is above reality.
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